The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) presented in November alarming data for the future of the Amazon Region: 9,762 km2 of forest was deforested between August 2018 and July 31, 2019, an increase of 29.5% in relation to the previous period – the highest percentage increase since 1998. The PRODES calculation reconfirms an increasing curve, but extrapolates any previous number.
“In fact, there has been an increasing trend of deforestation since 2012, only that the annual average variation was 10.2%. This time it was 29.5%. Almost triple,” says Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary of the Climate Observatory, to the newspaper O Globo .
On GloboNews, André Trigueiro talked live with Tasso Azevedo (from SEEG), Sergio Leitão (Instituto Escolhas) and Roberta Guidce (Observatory of the Forest Code) about the results, in the program Cidades e Soluções [Cities and Solutions].
“The numbers confirm the trends indicated by other lower-resolution systems, such as DETER/INPE (a 49.6% increase) and SAD/Imazon (a 15% increase). Considering the normal period of analyses of PRODES, this result still does not capture the high rates of deforestation noted by DETER in August (1,702 km2) and September 2019 (1,447 km2), which will have an effect on the deforestation rates of 2019/2020. The numbers and results were presented in a press conference by the ministers Ricardo Salles (Agriculture) and Marcos Pontes (Science and Technology) at the headquarters of INPE, in São José dos Campos,” explains Gabriel Lui, the coordinator of the portfolio of Land Use and Food Systems at iCS. Obtain more information here .